FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 1997
Diana M. Hawkins or
Vicki M. Boatwright

MANAGER APPOINTED FOR NEW CLARK'S RIVER REFUGE

rhuf.gif (17044 bytes) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has named Rick Huffines, former Supervisory Refuge Ranger at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, as manager of Clark's River National Wildlife Refuge. The newly-established refuge will be located in Paducah, Kentucky on a proposed 18,000 acres of land. Waterfowl, neotropical songbirds, migratory shorebirds, and at least two listed species - the threatened bald eagle and the endangered peregrine falcon - are expected to populate the refuge.

"I will manage the diverse wildlife habitats within the refuge's boundaries, with a special emphasis on migratory birds and wetland-dependent fish and wildlife, to provide lasting benefits for the public," said Huffines, adding "I look forward to managing these lands as a refuge for wildlife and making Clark's River National Wildlife Refuge a place where the sportsman, conservationist, and outdoor enthusiast can all enjoy themselves."

For the past three and a half years, Huffines has served as Supervisory Refuge Ranger at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Alabama. There, he focused much of his attention on outreach and educational programs, but he also supervised the refuge's hunt and law enforcement programs.

An employee of the Fish and Wildlife Service for 7 years, Huffines began his Service career as a supervisory refuge ranger at J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida. The Service's Acting Regional Director for Refuges and Wildlife Ken Chitwood said Huffines accomplishments there included finding ways to reduce the disturbance of wildlife by visitors and to develop closer ties with the community through outreach and cooperative programs. Huffines also developed and supervised a law enforcement program that benefitted both the commercial fishing industry and the local aquatic resources.

Huffines began his Federal career in 1983, when he worked as an student intern with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. After graduating from Middle Tennessee University in 1986, he joined the Corps as a park ranger and served at three different locations - Lake Barkicry in

Grand Rivers, Kentucky, Martins Fork Lake in Harlan, Kentucky, and Chearham Lake in Ashland City, Tennessee.

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Release #: R97-115


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